Dr. Clémentine Santamaria receives FAIR-GENCO Young Scientist Award

New GENCO members appointed


This year's FAIR-GENCO Young Scientist Award goes to Dr. Clémentine Santamaria from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, USA. The award is presented by the GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO) and is endowed with 1,000 Euros. It is awarded annually to young researchers, who are at the begin of their scientific career. The award was bestowed during a festive colloquium at FAIR and GSI by GENCO President Professor Christoph Scheidenberger (GSI/FAIR) and GENCO Vice President Professor Wolfram Korten (CEA-IRFU, Saclay, France) at the GENCO Annual Meeting in March. The awardee was chosen in a selection procedure by the international GENCO Jury, consisting of seven renowned nuclear physicists. In addition, three scientists as well as Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, were appointed as new members via the GENCO Membership Award.

Dr. Clémentine Santamaria received the Young Scientist Award and the GENCO Membership for her milestone achievements to answer long-standing questions of the evolution of shell structure far from stability and her striking expertise in both nuclear spectroscopy and nuclear reactions. Prior to her current postdoctoral position at Berkeley, she worked at the Japanese research center RIKEN and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, USA, among others.

The GENCO Membership was awarded to:

  • Jörg Blaurock (Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR) for his outstanding accomplishments for the realization of the FAIR project, in particular the construction of the superconducting fragment separator (Super-FRS) and the NUSTAR facilities at FAIR.
  • Dr. Tuomas Grahn (scientists at Helsinki Institute of Physics and University of Jyväskylä) for his important findings of shape evolution and shape coexistence in the lead-polonium region and for his contributions to groundbreaking experiments on the excited structures of heavy nuclei all the way up to the nobelium region.
  • Dr. Helmut Weick (scientist at GSI) for his significant contributions to the design of the Super-FRS and to the development of simulation codes, which are based on his experimental results of heavy-ion stopping in matter, and for decisive contributions to a variety of experiments with exotic nuclei. (CP)
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